Igor Kokoskov expected to leave Dallas Mavericks for Brooklyn Nets

Igor Kokoskov, who was a top assistant coach on Quin Snyder’s team with the Utah Jazz from 2015 to 2018, is expected to leave his assistant position with the Dallas Mavericks to become an assistant with the Brooklyn Nets.

Substack’s Marc Stein reported the news on Saturday, noting that Nets head coach Steve Nash, who has held the position since September 2020, “pursued Kokoskov when he first got the job after their time together. in Phoenix (from 2008 to 2012 as Nash played and Kokoskov was an assistant).

The move for Kokoskov, 50, comes after the Mavericks made a surprise run to the Western Conference Finals.

Perhaps ironically, they beat the Jazz and Phoenix Suns to get there before falling to the Golden State Warriors.

Kokoskov will leave superstar Luka Doncic, whom he coached as leader of the Slovenian national team that won EuroBasket gold in 2017.

A year later, when Kokoskov left the Jazz to become head coach of the Suns, they sadly ignored Doncic’s selection with the first overall pick despite Kokoskov’s familiarity with him and took Deandre Ayton instead.

Kokoskov will join a Nets team that finished seventh in the Eastern Conference during the regular season and then was swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics, who lead the Warriors 1-0 in the NBA Finals. with Game 2 scheduled for Sunday.

This will be the ninth NBA team with which Kokoskov has been an assistant. Snyder hired him as an assistant at the University of Missouri in 1999, and Kokoskov became an LA Clippers assistant in 2000, marking the first time a non-American was hired as a full-time NBA assistant.

He left Los Angeles for the Detroit Pistons in 2003 and won a championship with them in 2004. Then he was an assistant with the Suns from 2008 to 2012.

Next came jobs with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2013-2015) and Orlando Magic (2015) before reuniting with Snyder in Utah.

As the Jazz transitioned from a young upstart team to a Western Conference contender, Kokoskov began to be mentioned as a potential head coaching candidate, and he was hired to join the Suns in that role in 2018. .

However, the 2018-19 season was something of a disaster in Phoenix and Kokoskov was fired. This allowed the Suns to sign Monty Williams, who won the 2022 NBA Coach of the Year award after a second consecutive excellent season.

Kokoskov joined the Sacramento Kings coaching staff after being fired by Phoenix, and stayed there for one season before being named head coach of Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce.

After a season in that role, Kokoskov was hired by the Mavericks last summer, which reunited him with Doncic.

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